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Aviation 2019: Analysis

We are delighted to present that latest edition of WWL: Aviation, comprising 839 listings from over 300 firms across 62 jurisdictions. The lawyers featured are recognised as the leading practitioners in the sector for their work on regulatory, finance and contentious matters. We also identify the most highly regarded individuals across EMEA, North America, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

Banking 2019: Finance & Regulatory Trends

In general, it has been a stable year so far for financial markets. The syndicated loan markets have been buoyant, with practitioners reporting that “demand exceeds supply” and data indicating that the global syndicated leveraged loan market grew 2 per cent in the first half of 2018 alone. The US retains its position as the largest market with $1.5 trillion in loans, followed by the UK with $94.8 billion in loans. M&A-related financing has followed a similar path so far, seeing a global record of $486.4 billion in financing in the first half of 2018. Below we delve into some of the most prominent trends driving this growth in loan markets, namely the convergence of high-yield bond and term loan features, their impact, their future consequences and how they intersect with the work of legal practitioners. Financial regulations are another prominent source of work for legal practitioners who specialise in the area, and MiFID II and other regulatory regimes are still making their presence felt in the markets. It is also apparent that finance work is dominated by a few top firms in the market, which is starting to cause frustration among other practitioners we spoke to.

Banking 2019: Fintech Trends

Fintech innovation has continued apace over the last year across multiple fronts. As one lawyer told us: “The nature of fintech work is quick, with hot topics of the month.” Below, we identify the key topics in the fintech market. The technology that has taken centre stage is blockchain, with its immensely diverse range of applications for the corporate world. Despite, and perhaps because of, its versatility, it has run up against challenges in implementation, and as such has some practitioners questioning whether the bubble will burst in the near future, should these challenges continue. Elsewhere, PSD2, also known as open banking legislation, came into effect at the beginning of the year, and the payment service data it provides offers the tantalising prospect of an explosion in retail banking innovation in Europe and beyond. Finally, the prominence of new AI technologies and digital currencies or “tokens” cannot be ignored in the fintech space.

Shipping 2019: Analysis

We are delighted to present the latest edition of WWL: Shipping, featuring 517 lawyers from 270 firms across over 50 jurisdictions. This year we identify lawyers from a range of outfits, from full-service international powerhouses to boutique maritime specialists, illustrating the breadth and variety of offerings in the global market. We also highlight the most highly regarded practitioners across EMEA, Asia-Pacific, North America and Latin America.

Shipping 2019: Trends & Conclusions

As the shipping market continues to recover from, and deal with the aftermath of, the 2008 financial crisis, lawyers remain highly active, particularly when it comes to contentious matters. Sources in this year’s research noted the continuing high levels of distressed and insolvency-related work, as well as subsequent disputes. Despite this, practitioners we spoke to also highlighted the significance of key developments in the sector, including technology, as well as the role of protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs, both of which are set to dramatically shift the landscape of the shipping market.

Data 2019: Information Technology Analysis

This year’s research into the information technology market recognises 763 practitioners for their expertise across a wide range of digital matters, including complex outsourcing issues.

Data 2019: Privacy & Protection and Data Security Analysis

For the second time, we recognise leading names in the twin areas of data privacy and protection, and data security. This year, 496 prominent practitioners are highlighted. Those selected are experts either in ensuring that company and individual data remains private save to outside sources and third parties who are given express permission to view it, or assisting them with keeping personal control of their data, incorporating the development of data security systems and infrastructure.

Data 2019: Telecoms & Media Analysis

In this chapter, we highlight 480 practitioners from 62 jurisdictions for their impressive work in telecoms and media matters, as they expertly advise clients on corporate, transactional and regulatory issues. EMEA remains the home to the greatest number of recommended practitioners, while North America and Latin America also see strong showings.

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